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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 22, 2010 10:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Doin' that Rag

I always think of this song when I hear Garcia talk about , when explaining why they didn't do more of the early stuff , how he and Hunter hadn't learned how to write sons yet . It is a ambitious, and awkward ( thus the "hard to sing" part ), I LOVE this era, but I find this song drags a bit for me . Maybe a bit of editing, on Hunter's part , maybe some extra musical material from Garcia's direction.
I know friends who think the world of this song , but , as others have hinted here, it might have REALLY dragged, if it had been brought back in the later eras !

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Apr 22, 2010 2:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Doin' that Rag

This song is way overwritten from a musical standpoint... I tried to learn it once and decided it just was not worth it. It is an interesting song to listen to but I imagine playing it would be quite a feat to pull off well.

I could hear the Doin' That Rag chord changes as a sweet jazz instrumental though! The Americana stuff from Workingman's Dead and American Beauty is a lot more straightforward and traditional folk/blues/bluegrass in compositional style.